Tucson, Arizona
Canon Powershot Sx10is
Gene C. Reid Park ~ Lake/Pond Area

African Goose

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The African is a breed of domestic goose. Not actually African at all, African breed geese are descended from the wild Swan Goose, just like their close cousin the Chinese goose. Though they share some similar characteristics (such as color variations), the two can be distinguished by the African’s larger dewlap and different knob shape. African geese are also quite a bit heavier than Chinese, and are more well-known for their docile temperaments.

Two origin theories persist for the fowl: the first purporting that Africans are the result of crosses of Swan Geese and Chinese, while the other asserts that they are pure derivations of the Swan Goose, and their unique traits are simply the result of selective breeding. Whichever the case, it has existed as a distinct breed since at least the middle of the nineteenth century, and was admitted to the American Poultry Association’s Standard of Perfection in 1874.

African geese appear in three color varieties: Brown, Buff and White. Browns have black bills and knobs, and plumage with irregular shades, from a very light to dark brown. Whites have all-white plumage and orange bills and knobs.

I realize that the bill color in the image doesn’t go along with the description. however the dewlap is what keeps me with the thought. I have tried to research and even called on my bird expert pin pal…….all we can come up with is perhaps a hybrid between the African goose and a white Chinese Goose. Gotta love wildlife cross breeding…lol

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  • byronbackyard
    byronbackyardabout 4 years ago

    Lovely Kimberly, aren’t they gorgeous!

  • Thank you Deb so very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonabout 4 years ago

    She is so lovely, I have not seen one of these before,

  • I thought “she” was a “he” until I did a little research……Still not 100% sure that I have it right still….lol Thank you Ann!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyabout 4 years ago

    Now I’ve seen one of these in the UK (Egyptian Goose by another name yes?) and thought THIS was the male! Thanks for putting me right! Super pose, colours and details! ;o)

  • Not that I am aware of. The images of an Egyptian Goose that I have don’t look like this gal. I did however think it was an old man….before my research led me to the African Goose. Though I am not 100% sure that is right either. The dewlap says yes, the orange bill says no…..so maybe a hybrid?

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...about 4 years ago

    Such a pretty bird and your capture is excellent!

  • Thank you so very much my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Bramley1
    Bramley1about 4 years ago

    Wonderful shot!!

  • Thank you Bri!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carverabout 4 years ago


  • Thank you Lee-Anne, I appreciate that!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 4 years ago

    These occasionally stalk around with the multitudinous Canada Geese around here. So pretty, such attitude! Wonderful catch.

  • Thank you, attitude….YES…lol!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • JHRphotoART
    JHRphotoARTabout 4 years ago

    great capture Kim

  • Thank you Sir, I appreciate that!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • EagleHunter
    EagleHunterabout 4 years ago

    She is beautiful, lovely shot Kimberly.

  • Thank you so much Pam, I appreciate!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyabout 4 years ago

    You’re probably right Kimberly! I need to go back and look at my own snaps of an Egyptian goose. There are similarities but I think I may be losing the plot (if I ever had the plot in the first place!) ;o)

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